U13s Lose Out Despite Excellent Defence
Kersal Miss Out in Entertaining Match
The U13s travelled round the M60 for their first ever match against Tyldesley, with the aim of making amends for their semi-final defeat in the Cheshire Plate the previous week.
The first half proved to be a war of attrition as Tyldesley pounded the Kersal defence, which in turn stood firm. When AK finally got a hold of the ball, a very promising attack was thwarted by the ball being spilled in a pass due to the wet conditions. Eventually the Tyldesley pressure resulted in a try from the home team. Whilst Tyldlesley had most of the ball, they never really looked like they would break the Kersal defence and it was from a tap and go penalty that AK managed to pass the ball deftly out of the tackle to score the equaliser on the half time whistle.
The second half started with Tyldesley again having the bulk of the ball and this time the away team’s defence could not prevent the Tyldesley forwards from steadily grinding their way forward and over the goal line. AK came back with a fine equaliser as the ball was kept in play despite the carrier being tackled into touch, the forwards dove forward and the ball was recycled for a free run to the line. Again Tydlesley went ahead following some excellent sidestepping by the home team’s centre, but Kersal equalised a third time from the restart. The next try scored was clearly going to be the winning one and it was unfortunate that it went to Tyldesley as a result of a couple of missed tackles.
This was an entertaining match to watch and showed some excellent rugby from both sides. The handling was pretty decent considering the heavens opened at least three times during the match. But it was the tackling effort by Kersal that was exceptional and it bodes well for next season.
Players: Lonan Kearney, Sam Wadeson, Sam Ridgway, Luis Tait, Kane McLennan, Tom Pattison, Jacob Whatmough, Sam Moss, Isaac Armstrong, Keiron Booth, Fin Waterhouse, Elliott Cardy, Isaac Povey, Sam Mason